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The Rolling Stones @ Slane 2007

Aug 22

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The Rolling Stones keep on rolling...in cash.

What do The Rolling Stones today and a lion taming act in a circus have in common ? Quite alot actually. Let me explain. When you see the lion taming you have to understand that, great act though it is, the lions and their tamer are pure artifice. The lion is portrayed as the king of the jungle, a fearsome man eating beast. The tamer is portrayed as brave hero, gallantly holding back the lion with nothing more than a whip and a chair, making this terrifying creature submit to his or her will and encouraging the deadly big cat to perform a series of dainty tricks. The problem is; both the lions and their tamers are in on the act. The lion is usually a hand reared pet who in the golden age of the circus often slept in the tamer's caravan. The tamer on the other hand knows that if the lion was really wild and ferocious a whip and a chair would be as much use as a feather duster. So what you have is a show, primarily for children, where real danger and pure emotion have been replaced with amused guffaws and theatrical flourish.

Nowadays, The Rolling Stones are alot like those circus lions, as far removed from the dark mystique of Altamont as our tame lions are from their forebears in the Coliseum; where they happily munched on Christians for the amusement of the Emperor Nero and his blood thirsty Roman subjects. For example, when Keith Richards stumbled on stage solo in the middle of the concert at Slane to mumble winningly, the audience happily remarked to each other, "Ooh, there's Johnny Depp's dad from Pirates of the Carribean 3'. See what I mean?

The band that played Slane last weekend wasn't THE ROLLING STONES, of myth and legend, it was a bunch of canny old men with one eye on the clock and the other on the money. A savvy bunch of pensioners who long ago realised that nostalgia and a well tended brand name can keep you going long after passion and sincerity have disappeared along with your natural hair colour. I admire them in much the same way as I admire those toothless lions and their beloved tamers, I even applaud them and when they have gone the way of the traditional circus I'm sure that the world will be a less colourful place but, do I feel anything inside when I watch them play ? Nope.


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Re: The Rolling Stones @ Slane 2007

I think thats a pretty good summation of where the Stones are at right now. Well put.

By Peejay on   8/22/2007

Re: The Rolling Stones @ Slane 2007

ur talking arse, i was there, third time seeing them, fooking brilliant live, great band....they are better and more energetic live than most......

so stick that in ur pompous arse shaped pipe and smoke it jules....

By parton on   8/22/2007

Re: The Rolling Stones @ Slane 2007

Jules, looks like their circus act is coming to an end. The (unconfirmed) word is that their upcoming gigs in the O2 Arena in London will be there last ever...

By admin on   8/22/2007

Re: The Rolling Stones @ Slane 2007

great band, absolutely great live band....u guys just want to moan and moan and moan..and jules, why did you get a ticket and go along if this was your opinion?
laughed at.

By perton on   8/22/2007

Re: The Rolling Stones @ Slane 2007

Its funny when you don't have any counter argument to speak of other than "Well, I LIKE THEM" that its so easy to reach for the playground abuse. Why did I go ? To see what they were like for myself, you don't like it ? Tough.

By Rev Jules on   8/22/2007

Re: The Rolling Stones @ Slane 2007

Jeez Parton, you're always over-reacting. They're undoubtedly still a great live band, but seriously, they are WAAAY past their sell-by date. Rev Jules was just stating the fact that the mystery and sense of danger that once surrounded the band has long since dried up.

I'm sure they put on a good show, but there's a dozen Stones tribute bands that put on a good show too.

By Peejay on   8/22/2007

Re: The Rolling Stones @ Slane 2007

I'm with PeeJay on this one. Parton, call me a prude but there's no need for such abusive profanity. Most 'round here prefer that members refrain from it when posting on the forum or adding a comment to the blog. Can you steer your comments towards something more constructive? Cheers.

By admin on   8/22/2007

Re: The Rolling Stones @ Slane 2007

Cool, apologies for the profanity....
still dont get the point of the blog enrtry though, i mean hasnt every single journalist since 1986 made the same point?

they are passed their sell by date and are just performers now...fine, i still think they are better at performing than most. end of.

By PARTON on   8/22/2007

Re: The Rolling Stones @ Slane 2007

I agree with Jules, saw them a few years ago in Germany and was already irritated before the show began by all the official merchandisers working the roads into the stadium, selling blinky badges, styrofoam wavey hands bearing the lips logo, EUR5 each. Serious Disneyland tactics, don't they have enough money?

By mark_godfrey on   8/23/2007

Re: The Rolling Stones @ Slane 2007

Interesting stuff. I was never a big Stones fan so I have no strong opinion on them one way or the other, but I do think this raises some interesting questions about whether your favourite band should do the decent thing and split up once their creative juices have run out. I am, for example, a huge U2 fan and would personally prefer to see them split up if they start releasing crap albums rather than just keep going for the sake of their pension fund. They've always said that they will do that; I suppose only time will tell.

By John Doe on   8/23/2007

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